Ever come back from a holiday, feeling like you need another holiday? Of course, we luuuurv holidays (who doesn’t?), but time away often comes with less-than-ideal food choices, excessive alcohol and late nights… and can sometimes leave us feeling depleted and worse for wear!
I recently returned home from a long weekend away, and I’ll be honest – I over-ate, indulged in a little too much chocolate and let my workout slide. One of the ‘perks’ of living a healthy lifestyle is that you can really feel the effects of poor food choices on your mind and body. And let me tell you – my body was not happy. I came home craving sugar, feeling bloated and a bit foggy.
Though I do try to keep my diet to whole, natural foods whenever I can (even on holiday!), there are just going to be times when we slip. We’re human, it happens. But clearly, this is not the way we want to live our everyday lives, and we want to go back to feeling good ASAP! Luckily, there are a few things I’ve found to jumpstart the process!
Nourish with Real Foods (Forget the Juice Cleanse!)
If you’ve been consistently over-eating or consuming processed/foreign/nutrient poor foods, it’s highly likely that your digestion is feeling out of whack. Perhaps you’re feeling bloated or sluggish. In any case, it’s important to get our digestive system moving again, and replenish any nutrients that may have been depleted.
So how do we get our digestion back on track?
It may be tempting to do a ‘juice fast/cleanse/detox’ – but I promise you, this will do more harm than good. Yes, a juice fast might errr… ‘clear you out’… but these forms of severe calorie restriction send your body straight into starvation mode. Desperate for any form of energy, your body will metabolise muscle, leaving you with a decreased capacity to burn fat! Muscle wastage and extra pudge? So not sexy!
Instead, nourish your body with nutrient-dense whole foods. This means eliminating processed, high sugar foods and replacing them with good quality fats, protein (always grass-fed!) and moderate carbohydrates. Not only will this re-balance your energy levels, it will also replenish any nutrient stores that may have been depleted.
Beat the Bloat
If you’re suffering from bloating, it might be worth cutting back on the snacks. For a few days, try to eat strictly within meal times or even incorporate a few days of intermittent fasting. In either case, this does not mean reducing your calories, but simply changing the timing of those calories. For example, you may eat an early dinner (6pm) and a late breakfast (10am), creating a 16 hour fasted window. This brief fasted state will take some stress off of your digestive system, allowing time for rest and repair.
Hit the Gym
Getting back into a regular exercise routine can be tough, but I promise it’s well worth it. There really is nothing like that feeling after a good workout! If you’re feeling a bit flat and struggling to get back into the routine, try some of these tips to rediscover your workout mojo.
Find a Healthy Headspace
After a few days of over-indulgence (evidenced maybe by a little extra pudge!), it can be easy to return to your regular routine feeling defeated and in the throws of guilt. The key here is to change your mindset. Stop dwelling on the past, and start focusing on the now. Every moment is a new opportunity. Ask yourself: In this moment, right now, what are the best choices that I can make for my body?
Sometimes it’s the littlest things that can fill us with the deepest sense of wellbeing. Take a night off and devote some time to yourself. Light a candle and take a bath, put on a face mask, pluck your eyebrows, maybe try some dry body brushing – whatever it is that makes you feel fresh and rejuvenated. A little self care goes a long way!
What are your favourite ways to ‘reset’ after a holiday? We’d love to hear them!